- an awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf.
- to flout; treat with contempt; scorn.
Origin of lout1
- to bend, stoop, or bow, especially in respect or courtesy.
Origin of lout2
Examples from the Web for louted
And as he spake the smiles were all over his face, and he louted low again.The Sundering Flood
But Stephen had turned away and louted low before the clerk.Long Will
He louted low, and she bade him bring a stool and sit beside her.The Gathering of Brother Hilarius
He strode into her little parlour, and louted low before her.Star of Mercia
So saying he got him down from the ass and, for all his corpulence, louted full low.The Geste of Duke Jocelyn
- a crude or oafish person; boor
- (intr) archaic to bow or stoop
Word Origin and History for louted
1540s, "awkward fellow, clown, bumpkin," perhaps from a dialectal survival of Middle English louten (v.) "bow down" (c.1300), from Old English lutan "bow low," from Proto-Germanic *lut- "to bow, bend, stoop" (cf. Old Norse lutr "stooping," which might also be the source of the modern English word), from PIE *leud- "to lurk" (cf. Gothic luton "to deceive," Old English lot "deceit), also "to be small" (see little). Non-Germanic cognates probably include Lithuanian liudeti "to mourn;" Old Church Slavonic luditi "to deceive," ludu "foolish." Sense of "cad" is first attested 1857 in British schoolboy slang.